Wausau boy donates his Wii to grieving officers after string of shootings

Posted at 1:19 PM, Mar 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-28 14:19:08-04

A seven-year-old boy in Wausau has a pretty huge heart. The cute kiddo gave up his most prized possession - a Nintendo Wii gaming system - to try to help police officers cope with the loss of one of their own.

You might find Brady Duke reading with his family, or playing with his favorite Packers football. You won't find him playing video games though - because of his generous donation.

"I knew I had to do something because their police brother died," Duke says.

Brady wrote a letter to the department before giving his gaming system to the officers he knew needed it most.

"My Wii was my favorite thing to do, especially Mario Kart and Lego Star Wars Wii," he says.

It's already set up inside the department:

"Some of the Lego Star Wars already, some of our officers have been playing this game," Deputy Chief Ben Bliven of the Wausau Police Department says. "We're encouraging our officers to come in and take a break and play some video games and kind of de-stress a little bit."

Detective Jason Weiland was killed while responding to a shooting in Weston last week. He spent 18 years in law enforcement, all in the Wausau area. The last 15 of those were with Everest Metro.

"I felt sad because I didn't want somebody to die that was, was somebody that protected a city," Brady said.

"Brady made a special impact here. We are really grateful for him," Deputy Chief Bliven added.

The officers even invited Brady to come play Wii with them at the department on Monday.

"They had a police brother that died. And I just wanted to make them happy," the child said.